Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2 More Days Until the One-Day Paperback Book Sale at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

On Saturday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mount Clemens Public Library, the Macomb County Genealogy Group is hosting a One-Day Paperback Book Sale. 

Just a few of the many books available.
All paperbacks will be 50 cents. All proceeds go towards the purchase of a digital microfilm printer to replace the aging equipment (with hard to replace parts) in the genealogy/local history room of the library.

So if you like to read come to the sale in the auditorium that Saturday to pick up some great reads at a great price. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Michigan Database on Ancestry.com -- Michigan Marriage Records 1867-1952

Michigan genealogists get your bunny slippers (and blankets -- it's cold outside) ready, there is a new Michigan database of digitized original records as of today. Ancestry.com just released: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867 - 1952.

Here are the details. The online index goes up to 1952 but you will only find actual images of the records up to the year 1938 due to Michigan laws. Prior to this, FamilySearch.org had images of marriage records up to 1925. That means there are now 13 more years of images available and 27 more years of index and transcribed records.

Hopefully, the posting of the additional images of the Michigan Death Certificates (up to 1938) on SeekingMichigan.org is closer at hand? (Is everyone crossing your fingers and toes? You can click the mouse or swipe the touchpad with crossed fingers ... maybe with some practice.)

Another interesting database collection added last week on Ancestry.com is the Canada, Quaker Meeting Records, 1786-1988. The database contains digitized black and white images of the various meeting records from the microfilm copies AND an online index. The meetings include one in Lenawee County, Michigan. Unfortunately, we've seen a problem with the search features for this database. Trying to narrow down the search parameters to a specific meeting or area does not seem work no matter which field you try to use. There is not a field specifically for meeting location. Hopefully, it will be addressed soon. Until then you'll need to wade through all the results manually to find the ones for the meeting you seek. Of course, don't forget to investigate the others, you might find something surprising.

Hey Ancestry.com, can we get the New York Quaker Meeting Records like this also and not just the couple certificates currently online?

Good Luck searching everyone!

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's Almost Time! We're Holding a Paperback Book Sale on Saturday, February 28

On Saturday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mount Clemens Public Library, the Macomb County Genealogy Group is hosting a One-Day Paperback Book Sale. 

All paperbacks will be 50 cents. All proceeds go towards the purchase of a digital microfilm printer to replace the aging equipment (with hard to replace parts) in the genealogy/local history room of the library. 

So if you like to read come to the sale in the auditorium that Saturday to pick up some great reads at a great price. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, February 16, 2015

Know Someone Interested in Genealogy? We're holding a workshop ... Beginning Genealogy: It Starts with You

Flyer in PDF format
On Saturday, March 28, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Macomb County Genealogy Group is holding a workshop, Beginning Genealogy: It Starts with You, in the auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library.

This workshop for beginners will teach the basics for a sound foundation to start your genealogy.

So if you know anyone who has expressed an interest in starting his/her genealogy tell them about this workshop. We'll teach them how to start. There is no cost to attend.

If you have been doing your genealogy for a while, this workshop more than likely will be too basic for you. Instead see one of our volunteers in the genealogy/local history room for some help or guidance.

Interested beginners can register for the workshop through the Mt. Clemens Public Library's Events Calendar. Just find the month and day (March 28) and fill out the registration information. Be sure to provide your email address so you can receive the handouts which will be sent in PDF format for you to print out at home to bring with you. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Like Books? We're Holding a Paperback Book Sale on Saturday, February 28

On Saturday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mount Clemens Public Library, the Macomb County Genealogy Group is hosting a One-Day Paperback Book Sale.

All paperbacks will be 50 cents. All proceeds go towards the purchase of a digital microfilm printer to replace the aging equipment (with hard to replace parts) in the genealogy/local history room of the library.

So if you like to read come to the sale in the auditorium that Saturday to pick up some great reads at a great price.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Live Stream RootsTech 2015 Sessions ... Finally Announced!

I kept checking all day. Finally it appeared ... The RootsTech 2015 Live Stream Schedule.

Remember times are listed in Mountain Time at the RootsTech website. We are Eastern Time which is 2 hours ahead. So 8:30 am Mountain is 10:30 am Eastern.
Here's the Live Stream list according to Eastern Time.

Thursday
10:30 am to 12 pm
Thursday General Session
1 pm  to 2 pm
30 Pieces of Tech I Can't Live Without presented by D. Joshua Taylor
3:30 pm to 4:20 pm
You've Mastered the Census and Basic Research: What Next? presented by Karen Auman
5 pm to 6 pm
What's New at FamilySearch presented by Devin Ashby
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy presented by Diahan Southard

Friday
12:30 am to 1:30 pm
Innovator Summit Challenge Event
3 pm  to 4 pm
Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox presented by Thomas MacEntee
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future presented by Anne Leishman
6 pm to 7 pm
The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy: Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries, and Letters presented by Valerie Elkins

 Saturday
10:30 am to 12 pm
Saturday General Session
12:30 pm  to 1:30 pm
Finding the Living among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins presented by Amy Archibald
3 pm to 4 pm
Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps presented by Crystal Beutler
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life presented by Alison Taylor
6 pm to 7 pm
Finding Your Family on Newspapers.com presented by Peter Drinkwater

If it is like last year, the Live Stream will be right on the homepage starting on Thursday.

See You Soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Just a couple more days until RootsTech begins! Even if you are not going you can take part by viewing the Live Streamed Sessions.

Though the full Live Stream schedule has not been released yet, the FamilySearch Blog mentioned five that will air between Thursday and Saturday. Here are the ones I have found so far.

Thursday, Feb. 12 
1:00 pm EST  
30 Pieces of Tech I Can't Live Without presented by D. Joshua Taylor

Friday, Feb. 13
3:00 pm EST  
Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox presented by Thomas MacEntee 
6:00 pm EST  
The Write Stuff: Leaving a Recorded Legacy, Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries and Letters presented by Valerie Elkins

Saturday, Feb. 14
10:30 am EST  
The Global Family Reunion: How You Can Join the Biggest Family Ever presented by A.J. Jacobs 
12:30 pm EST 
 Finding the Living Among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins presented by Amy Archibald

Syllabus materials are available now for a majority of the classes. Unlike last year, there is no option to download all the materials in a single compressed file. You have to go to each individual class listing, click on the link to that syllabus and select the download/save button in your PDF viewer.

As soon as the complete schedule is released I will let you know. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE